20 Jun 2018

Romania to join NATO cyber cooperative in 2019

During a visit to Estonia, Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă confirmed that her country would join the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE) in Tallinn next year.

For the uninitiated, CCDCOE is a NATO-accredited hub for cyber defence which focuses on research and training initiatives and real-world exercises. Based in Estonia, the international military organisation currently comprises 21 member states. Together they investigate methods of cyber defence from a technology, strategy, operational and law standpoint.

“Romania recognises the value of cooperation in building resilience in the cyber domain,” commented the Prime Minister. “NATO CCDCOE leads unique international cyber defence exercise, trainings and research initiatives. We are glad to be on the path of joining this exceptional Centre.”

“We are proud to see that allies in NATO want to be also strong allies in our cyber defence hub,” added Merle Maigre, Director of the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence. “Enhancing cyber defence is all about teamwork and we welcome the decision of Romania to contribute to the strength and capability of our unique team.”

Today CCDCOE houses the Tallinn Manual 2.0, a comprehensive guide on how International Law applies to cyber operations, and organises the world’s largest and most complex international live-fire cyber defence exercise, Locked Shields. CyCon, the International Conference on Cyber Conflict which welcomes key experts and decision-makers from across the global cyber defence community, also takes place in Tallinn each spring.

To date, the centre is staffed and financed by Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.

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Image courtesy of CCDCOE and Arno Mikkor

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